Every day, Rutgers University–Camden students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community partners work to advance the communities of southern New Jersey and the region. The Chancellor’s Awards for Civic Engagement honor those who have achieved special distinction in this area. The awards also call attention to the very good work being done by thousands of members of the Rutgers–Camden community in our host city and throughout our region and nation.

Chancellor’s Awards for Civic Engagement are awarded annually in five categories:

Academic Civic Engagement

Recognizes courses or programs that create outstanding opportunities for engaged civic learning for Rutgers–Camden students. Nominees are judged on the degree to which the civic experience advances broader learning goals; the interests of communities are advanced; and community resources are used innovatively and effectively.

Faculty-Staff Civic Engagement

Recognizes staff and faculty members for service to communities beyond the Rutgers–Camden campus and carried out independent of their positions at Rutgers. Nominees are judged on the duration, depth, and impact of their work.

Alumni Civic Engagement

Recognizes alumni for efforts and projects that benefit communities beyond the Rutgers–Camden campus. Nominees are judged on the scope and impact of their work.

Community Partner Civic Engagement

Recognizes community partner organizations that have worked with Rutgers–Camden to bring benefits to communities beyond the Rutgers campus. Nominees are judged on the impact of their work and the depth and scope of their partnership with Rutgers–Camden.

Student Civic Engagement

Recognizes students who make noteworthy contributions to communities beyond the campus through their academic and co-curricular work—including volunteer service and paid work. Nominees are judged on the depth of their commitment and the impact of their work.

Recipients of the Chancellor’s Awards for Civic Engagement


Academic Civic Engagement

  • Elizabeth Demaray (associate professor, CFAS-art)
  • Thomas Knoche (part-time lecturer, CFAS-public policy)
  • Lauren Silver (assistant professor, CFAS-childhood studies)

Faculty/Staff Community Service

  • Joseph Canada (assistant professor, SBC-accounting)

Student Civic Engagement

  • Rosetta Beltran (Class of 2014; psychology)
  • Brian Gregg (Class of 2016; urban studies)
  • Rutgers North Camden Schools Partnership ESL Team
  • Rasheda L. Simpson (Ph.D. student, public affairs)
  • School of Law Pro Bono Program VITA Team

Community Partners

  • Center for Environmental Transformation
  • Camden City Public Schools North Camden Security Team


Academic Civic Engagement

  • Cynthia Dell Clark (visiting professor, sociology, anthropology, and criminal justice): for her course Applied Anthropology, which engaged her students in research to serve Cathedral Kitchen and the Neighborhood Center
  • Eve Biskind Klothen (assistant dean, law) and Joanne Gottesman (clinical associate professor, law) for Citizenship Rutgers, a major learning experience for law students
  • Michael Haeflinger (teaching assistant, English) for his design and instruction of a graduate class teaching MFA students how to teach writing to youth
  • Gayle Porter (professor, business) for her teaching of a graduate ethics, corporate social responsibility, and law class and her design of an undergraduate companion course

Faculty/Staff Civic Engagement

  • Jonathan Muse (assistant dean, business)
  • Rajiv Gandhi (associate professor, computer science)
  • Wanda Hardy (lecturer, economics)
  • Carmen Pendleton (program coordinator, Rutgers Camden Center for the Arts)

Alumni Civic Engagement

  • Carol Beahm, CCAS ’73, SSW ’81
  • Lynda Hinkle, GSC ’08, CLaw ’09
  • Atnre Alleyne, CCAS ’06, GSC ’07
  • Tatiana Poladko Alleyne, GSC ’07

Community Partner Organizations

  • Cathedral Kitchen
  • The Neighborhood Center

Student Civic Engagement

  • David Bolanos, Class of 2013 and Joseph Harris, Class of 2013
  • Alexis Hayes, Class of 2014


Academic Civic Engagement

  • Prof. J.C. Lore (clinical professor, law) and Prof. Kevin Murphy (lecturer, criminal justice): for “Children’s Justice Clinic and Criminal Investigations Practicum”
  • Dr. Joan Mazelis (assistant professor, sociology): for “Social Stratification and Urban Sociology”

Faculty-Staff Civic Engagement

  • Dr. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago (Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor of Public Policy and Administration)
  • Dr. Daniel Hart (professor II, psychology and childhood studies)
  • Prof. Brenda Jorett (lecturer, business)

Alumni Civic Engagement

  • Andrew Podolski, CLaw ‘02

Community Partner Organization

  • Respond, Inc.

Student Civic Engagement

  • Rutgers–Camden Jumpstart Corps
  • Rutgers–Camden Student Nurses Association
  • Ashlee Garton, Class of 2012
  • Salima Mostafa, Class of 2013
  • Hyun Kyu Seo, Class of 2013